Okay, I’m going to get into the ashy eye story in a minute, but also I just want you to know that I got a COVID test after flying across the country, and it is negative. So…whew.
But, yes, I have an ashy eye.
So I discovered this ashy eye issue the day I was packing/prepping to fly across the country. My eye had been bothering me since Thursday. It kept watering for no reason, which honestly happens to me quite a bit, but I thought it was just allergies. You know, a fire was raging, and debris was flying through the air, so it seemed logical. But that night I couldn’t sleep with my eye mask on because it felt like something was stabbing me in the eye.
Then, on Friday, my eye was still bothering me. It was still with the leaking and all, but I could smell smoke in my house, so, again, I just banked on allergies. Also, my daughter told me I looked like I had gotten punched in the eye because my eye was swollen. “Yes,” I told her. “It’s the allergies.”
No joke. I submitted grades on Saturday for the end of our spring semester. I was doing prep for my summer class that starts Wednesday, and I could not figure out what I had done in the class before. Or what I was planning to do. What are assignments? How does one organize a class? Part of it is that I’m teaching the class online for the first time. But the other part was that my brain was seriously just like, “I don’t know, man. You tell me.”
I said to my daughter OUT LOUD, “I am a terrible teacher who doesn’t know how to teach.”
2. I would also like to visit the Kingdom of Cello from The Colors of Madeleine series by Jaclyn Moriarty. But only during one of the nice color storms, please. And if I get to tour the palace, Jagged Edge, and the Farms with my girl Princess Ko and the rest of the Royal Alliance.
3. I would love to visit Camp Half-Blood and/or Camp Jupiter from the Percy Jackson series, but only during one of the down seasons when no campers are disappearing or being chased by monsters. So this may actually be one of those worlds I would want to observe from a distance since those poor demigods are never safe–at least not the Greek ones.
4. I also want to visit Crab Claw Key from the Summer series by Katherine Applegate. (Of course when I read the books, they looked like this, but that’s neither here nor there.) (I can keep up with the times is what I’m saying.) But that’s because it’s SUMMER and I am always in need of a beach day. Beach! Beeeeeeeeach. If I were in Crab Claw Key, my life would be this:
It would be GLORIOUS.
As for worlds I don’t want to visit, the first one that came to mind is Panem and the districts from The Hunger Games, which…obvious reasons are obvious. In fact, most of the fictional worlds I encounter and wouldn’t mind visiting have a great big old asterisk next to them anyway–simply because there’s usually a lot of strife and conflict happening. Otherwise, why would there be a story?